We believe Chevrolet knocked this one out of the park and has created a truly competitive full-size light-duty truck, both on paper and in the real world. GM has sold more trucks than any other company for four years running and they hope to continue that trend with the new Silverado. They also hope that the new diesel offering in this category helps to grow those numbers as it has for the company in the mid-sized truck market.
The styling will of course be polarizing, but with eight different models to choose from most buyers should be able to find a Silverado that is perfect for each individual’s style. Now we hold our breath and wait for the final specs on the powertrain configuration options and performance numbers. We have high hopes for the 3.0 to be a quality diesel option, which will hopefully be very tunable and durable, but we’ll just have to wait and see.
This is an exciting time in the lighter duty truck market, as in the next two years there should be a lot of new diesel options. Besides the new Silverado 1500, there is already the Ram Ecodiesel, Titan Cummins, Colorado/canyon Duramax, and the just-launched F-150 Power Stroke. Probable options on the horizon are the new Ranger and Wrangler pickups.